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Software maker SAP completes Sybase acquisition

July 30, 2010 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German business software maker SAP AG said Friday it has completed its $5.8 billion acquisition of U.S. database software maker Sybase Inc.SAP, based in Walldorf, Germany, said all outstanding Sybase shares not tendered in the previously completed tender offer were converted into the right to...

EU soon to have uniform cell phone chargers

July 30, 2010 8:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union will soon bid a fond farewell to a hassle that spares few cell phone user: A dead battery and no suitable power charger.Starting next year, cell phones will have a one-size-fits-all charger. The uniform model, part of an agreement by at least a dozen cell phone makers, means...

One more step on the path to quantum computers

July 30, 2010 7:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Technische Universitaet Muenchen) Researchers around the world are working on the development of quantum computers that will be vastly superior to present-day computers. Here, the strong coupling of quantum bits with light quanta plays a pivotal role. Professor Rudolf Gross, a physicist...

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Google says China search block may be tech glitch

July 30, 2010 6:26 am | by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | News | Comments

Google Inc said its earlier report that Internet search services in China were being fully blocked could have been the result of a technical glitch that overstated the problem. Google shares pared losses to 1 percent from a 1.6 percent decline earlier on Thursday after the company said on its website that its Internet search, mobile and advertising services could not be accessed in China.

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New biodegradable compound facilitates bone regeneration in cases of substantial loss

July 30, 2010 6:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elhuyar Fundazioa) Bones have a capacity to regenerate themselves after suffering partial damage. However, it is really quite another thing when a serious break or tumour lesion occurs and the loss of tissue is substantial. Today these cases are treated with various kinds of grafts, but...

Ballmer: Tablet coming 'as soon as we can'

July 30, 2010 6:22 am | News | Comments

Microsoft will compete with Apple's iPad, but it isn't saying when. Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer says the company is working with Intel Corp. and computer makers to perfect tablet touch-screen computers.

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Lots Of Things Can Be Fixed

July 30, 2010 6:22 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

I recently posted a bit of a bad OSP board with the conclusion that it was only worthy of scrap. Over on the Circuits Assembly blog, Mike commented that if the board was expensive enough, he'd rework it and make...

Attacking the edges of secure Internet traffic

July 30, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

Researchers have uncovered new ways that criminals can spy on Internet users even if they're using secure connections to banks, online retailers or other sensitive Web sites. The attacks demonstrated at the Black Hat conference here show how determined hackers can sniff around the edges of encrypted Internet traffic to pick up clues about what their targets are up to.

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FBI access to e-mail and Web records raises fears

July 30, 2010 6:15 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Invasion of privacy in the Internet age. Expanding the reach of law enforcement to snoop on e-mail traffic or on Web surfing. Those are among the criticisms being aimed at the FBI as it tries to update a key surveillance law.

Cell phone shipments continue to recover

July 30, 2010 6:05 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of cell phones shipped worldwide rose 14.5 percent in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, with much of the growth coming from smaller challengers like the iPhone and BlackBerry, according to research firm IDC.Manufacturers shipped 317.5 million phones in the quarter, IDC...

Printed electronics in Asia

July 30, 2010 5:38 am | News | Comments

There are about 3,000 organizations worldwide actively involved in the development of printed electronics. By number of organizations, Europe has the edge over the U.S., then comes Asia. The display business is huge and there is significant progress and development by East Asian companies in a number of different printed display technologies.

'Straintronics' Debuts in Graphene

July 30, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

Just when you thought that graphene could do no more, physicists in the US have found yet another new and unique property of the wonder material.

Wright Express to buy Australian outfit for $318M

July 30, 2010 5:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wright Express Corp. a payment processor for commercial and government trucking fleets, said Friday it would acquire the Australian fleet and prepaid card businesses of Retail Decisions for $318 million.The all-cash deal is expected to close this quarter. Wright Express is purchasing the assets...

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A Tutorial on Microswitch-Based Joysticks

July 30, 2010 4:43 am | Videos | Comments

This tutorial provided by Digi-Key and APEM Components explains joystick basics, as well as the physical variants and applications for Apem microswitch joysticks.

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Norton One Click Support Receives TSIA STAR Award for Best Practices in Embedded Product Support

July 30, 2010 4:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that Norton One Click Support has been named the winner of the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) STAR Awards for Best Practices for Best Embedded Product Support. Symantec was also inducted to the STAR Awards Hall of Fame for...

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